Al Jahili Tour Programme Draws To A Close
The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) has concluded its popular programme of morning and evening tours at Al Jahili Fort in Al Ain Region. The weekly tours, which introduced visitors to the history of the site, saw strong attendance at fort during the months of November and December.
The tours included information on the recent restoration work done, and visiting the historic fort and the round tower, in addition to a tour inside the permanent exhibition celebrating the travels of the British explorer ‘Mubarak bin London’ (Wilfred Thesiger), who crossed the deserts of the Empty Quarter twice in the 1940s. The tours ended with a group of engaging family activities for visitors to enjoy together.
This popular initiative was organised in collaboration with DCT Abu Dhabi, the Emirates Heritage Club and Emirates Falconers’ Club. Those attending the tours at Al Jahili Fort were rewarded with an introduction to Emirati hospitality, enjoying delicious Arabic coffee served at a traditional Majlis and being treated to a demonstration of falconry, a traditional practice listed on UNESCO’s Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
Al Jahili Fort is one of the largest and most historically important forts in the UAE, constructed between 1891 and 1898 during the reign of Sheikh Zayed the First. Upon its completion it became a summer residence for the royal family in the Al Ain Region.